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Major League Baseball cancels spring training

By Staff | Mar 12, 2020

Twins ace Jose Berrios pitches against the Braves Wednesday.

Spring training games have been canceled and the Major League Baseball season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Commissioner.

The Minnesota Twins had been scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles at 6 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. All tickets to the remaining home games will be refunded by the Twins.

The Twins issued a statement Thursday which said: “The health, safety and well-being of our fans, partners, players, staff, employees and communities is of the utmost importance. Given the ongoing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, cancelling the remainder of the Grapefruit League schedule and delaying the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season is the correct course of action, one which we unequivocally support.”

The Red Sox today issued the following statement and information for Red Sox ticket holders:

“The health and safety of our fans, players, and employees is of paramount importance. We thank them for their patience and support during this unprecedented time. We support Major League Baseball’s decision to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season. Effective immediately, all Fenway Park and JetBlue Park tours and events are suspended until further notice. We hope our fans and everyone across the country remain safe as we all work together through this challenging time.”

Information for Red Sox Ticket Buyers:

Spring Training Season Ticket Holders will be issued a credit on their account for all un-played games. The credit will be valid for the 2021 season at JetBlue Park. All Spring Training individual game ticket buyers who purchased tickets directly from the Red Sox over the phone or online at redsox.com will be issued a refund to the account holder of record.

Major League baseball has been working with the clubs on a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule and will address regular season tickets as soon as possible.

According to a statement issued by the Office of the Commissioner, normal operations will resume as soon as possible.

“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, our employees and our fans,” the statement reads. “MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus.”